Islamic Glass Bead and Onyx Bead Necklace - FJ.7296, Circa: 800 AD to 1200 AD, Collection: Jewelry, Style: Islamic Bead Necklace, Medium: Glass and Onyx. It is clear that Ancient Islamic craftsman considered creating glass beads for necklaces an art form since the Muslim world places such high priority on design, beauty and harmony of colors. Within the Islamic world, beads serve as status and symbols, and the role of beads in Islamic cultures have been enhanced by the importance accorded to circles and spheres in medieval Islamic thought. For the Muslim, the circle is the primary cosmological symbol, one of whole unity. From the basic circle and a hexagonal arrangement of tangential circles of the same radius surrounding it, three primary shapes emerge: the triangle, the hexagon, and the square. As to embody such thought of religious and cultural philosophy, this necklace consists circular beads. Against the black background, a range of speckled colors from white and yellow to red and blue enliven the beads.